Actor Dennis Hopper directs this very confronting, symbolic oddball minor art house drama with a very convincing shade peering into the punk rock scene with a raw, but lasting performance by young actress Linda Manz. The film feels rather aimless in a structured sense, centring on the mood swings and angst being drummed out by a wayward teenage girl that uses music (as Elvis is seen as an idol) and the punk scene to getaway from the troubles at home that involve a ditsy, drug-addicted mother (a busy Sharon Farrell) and alcoholic, ex-convict father (a methodically towering Dennis Hopper) that still holds onto a unforgettably tragic wound. It can be a bit of a trek steering more towards interesting than entertaining, as it delves into a well-rounded journey made up of clips involving people, situations and a sense of place. Quite seedy and never did it paint a pretty picture, no matter how hard the characters tried. There's no real choice, but to innocently grow up fast and it becomes a harrowing crash course in destruction, which ends surprisingly to delve out a nastily tearing punch. The script might be blunt, but there's a real natural attitude to the dialogues with an authentic chemistry between the cast in their deliveries. The style is kind of similar to Hopper's benchmark "Easy Riders (1969)", where at times it feels like somebody's home video. Surrounding the air is an excellent old school soundtrack that perfectly complements igniting tones. Hopper does a capable job behind the camera, despite some meandering and forced passages, but even with the minimalist tinge he never loses focused of the story at heart.